What’s Miami’s plan for Jarvis Landry?

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As the dust settles on the Dolphins’ decision to apply the franchise tag to receiver Jarvis Landry, the move continues to raise plenty of questions.

Armando Salguro of the Miami Herald, who attributes the move either to “amazing chess or amateur checkers,” points out that the Dolphins previously balked at Landry’s request of a four-year, $58 million contract. So the Dolphins said no to an average of $14.5 million, but they’ve now said yes to offering him $16.2 million for one season.

There’s only one way that it makes sense. And even the example that appears below doesn’t make complete sense.

The Dolphins could have said to Landry’s agent, “We can’t pay $58 million over four years, but if we can find someone who will, would you work with us on a trade?” Then, if the Dolphins can find a trade partner who’d pay that amount to Landry — and who would compensate the Dolphins with a pick or a player — Landry would sign the tender, the trade would happen, and the four-year deal would be signed.

The scenario doesn’t make complete sense because there’s really nothing in it for Landry. If a team would give him $58 million over four years as part of a trade, that team would pay even more if he could be had without a trade. Unless the Dolphins have agreed to rescind the tender if they can’t work out an acceptable deal next week at the Scouting Combine, there’s no reason for Landry to go along with it. (Even then, Landry should be rooting for the removal of the tender.)

Regardless, Landry now has a $16.2 million bird in the hand. It should take a lot to get him to give that up, especially since he’d get a 20-percent raise or a shot at the open market next year.

It definitely should take more than a deal worth $14.5 million per year.

12 responses to “What’s Miami’s plan for Jarvis Landry?

  1. It’s either amateur hour in Miami or happy hour. Either way Mike Tannenbum keep up the good work!!


  2. What I don’t get is why Landry didn’t immediately sign the tender for $16.2M. Does he think he can get more than that on the open market? If so then he needs to rethink that strategy. Nobody is going to make him the highest paid receiver in the league. He’ll probably be lucky to get something in the range of $10M per year–which he would probably see as an insult. There is plenty to scratch your head over, from both the Dolphins’ and Landry’s actions.

  3. Paying over $14 million for a receiver is just ridiculous. A receiver is only as good as the guy throwing the ball to him and the big guys up front giving the QB time to throw the ball.

  4. People keep saying Miami needs to keep the talent they’ve been losing. They don’t.

    Vernon got vastly overpaid. You are insane if you think Miami erred by not matching/beating that contract

    Clay left… And has done little to nothing. Overpaid, the only issue is Miami does still need a TE.

    Miller went to Houston… And guys on rookie contracts like Ajayi and Drake matched his production and then some.

    You don’t keep the talent if the numbers don’t work. And paying Landry $16 one year is much different than committing to 14-15 over 4 years.

  5. The scenario makes complete sense.
    Landry is good, and the most talented WR the Dolphins have.
    Landry knows this. So do the Dolphins.
    He also has an attitude problem.
    From an altercation with his ex off the field to the well-documented meltdowns on the field.

    That proposed 4-year deal would probably carry a HUGE chunk of guaranteed money.
    Probably around $40-$50 million.
    A franchise tag gives Landry a “prove it” year with only $16 million guaranteed.

    Less financial risk, and easy math for a WR with 100+ catches.
    $16 mil is a much less risk than $50+ mil.
    If Landry proves himself more mature and worthy of a contract extension,
    he’ll see one in the latter part of the season.
    If he’s still acting up, he’ll be gone by the trade deadline, with NO dead cap money following this year.

  6. This Tag puts the Dolphins back in charge of the situation. They can trade or work out a “team friendly” long-term deal, likes Tannehill’s. I like Landry, but no way is he worth the $15M+ a year. You can all call the Dolphins a poorly run team, but in this case Landry is getting more than $15M no matter who pays him! This way the Dolphins have some control over the chess match. The Salaries are out of control… this is nothing new. The Dolphins are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Agree with DJSCOTTYB on why this makes sense (for now).

  7. >>steedafla says:
    Get rid of Mike Tannenbaum. The guy is horrible. The fins need to focus on keeping their good players for once.

    As a Jets fan I was so Happy when the Dolphins hired him, just like I was happy when the Bills hired Rex, and sad when he was fired.

    Please keep Tannenbaum another 2-3 years so he can complete doing to the Dolphins what he did to the Jets.

  8. Flummoxed searching for the rationale for Miami showing all their cards. Not rooting for either side, but this seems inept on the part of the organization.
    Why cede this kind of leverage to Landry on the first day of tag season?
    Will do nothing to facilitate a trade that a phone call wouldn’t, but locks in Landry’s probable salary reducing flexibility in any deal making scenario.

  9. The franchise tag on Landry makes perfect sense. As we’ve seen in the past, teams are more than willing to overpay for someone they’re convinced is gonna make a difference. If that happens, Miami gets 2 number ones. If not, they’re only on the hook for $16.2 million, which is 2 million more for a chance at 2 number ones. It’s a great deal by Miami and a win-win as well.

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